SONA 2016: The best laughs were on Twitter

Rappler Social Media Team
SONA 2016: The best laughs were on Twitter
The best part about this year's SONA? The live commentary on Twitter, covering everything from Brillante Mendoza's camera shots to Senator Nancy Binay's gown.

MANILA, Philippines – Everyone tuned in to President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address and tweeted their thoughts using #SONA2016. As expected, the commentary on Twitter was just as engaging as the main event.

Even before the program started, people were already tweeting their anticipation. The general mood online was optimistic as Duterte’s supporters expressed their excitement to hear the President speak.


According to a report from Creative Marketing Technology Services company AFDigital, tweets started peaked around 4PM. 


As guests started to arrive at the Batasang Pambansa, one stood out: recently-released former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

With the arrival of guests came the fashion police, checking out the more understated outfits this year. But even before attendees hit the SONA red carpet, some already zeroed in on the outfit of one lawmaker – Senator Nancy Binay.

For some, Binay didn’t get the “simple attire” memo.

As for those outside the halls of Congress – Pokemon Go references were on the loose. Gotta catch ’em all!

When it was finally showtime, the President’s speech opened strong with a not-so-subtle swipe at his predecessor Benigno Aquino III, who – as everyone knows – is a little too fond of digging up the past.

And just in case you missed this warning during the SONA, we repeat: Do not do drugs!

The President got points for calling for the full implementation of the reproductive health law – something which wouldn’t sit well with some senators, as social media users pointed out.

On the production front, director Brillante Mendoza’s creative camerawork did not go unnoticed. He earlier said he wanted to capture the true Duterte. Did he?

Also, as it became evident that the promised 38-minute speech wasn’t going to happen because the President had a tendency to go off-script, concerns grew for the poor soul who would have to transcribe the entire thing

The final length? One hour, 40 minutes. #PrayForTheTranscriptionist

Overall, the sentiment online during the speech was mostly neutral at 95% followed by positive at 4.3%, according to a report by AFDigital.


What did you think of Duterte’s first SONA? Any hits and misses? Tweet us using #SONA2016! –

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